Louis quickly made the meeting extremely awkward. Louis took his hat off so the clergy and nobility also took off their hats off too. Louis then waited and put his hat back on leaving everyone uncomfortable and confused.
France's financial situation was heading down-hill so Louis XIV summon the Estates General. They had the power to decide on new taxes and to make reforms in the country. On my 5, 1789 was the start of the revolution.
1,200 deputies from all over France arrived. The Commoners were the greatest in number.